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JOHANNESBURG (NEWCLARE) CEMETERY

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Country:
South Africa
Locality:
Gauteng
Identified Casualties:
110
GPS
CO-Ordinates:
Longitude:
27.96072
Latitude:
-26.19436

Location Information

From the N1 take the Maraisburg Road off-ramp and travel in the direction of Johannesburg/Newclare. The cemetery is at the intersection with Commando Road just before reaching the fuel storage depot. The Commonwealth graves are all located just inside the left hand gate.

Historical Information

During the Second World War, there was a large military wing in the Johannesburg General Hospital and military hospitals at Baragwanath and Cottesloe. The Baragwanath hospital handled a large number of casualties sent from the Middle East. Flying training under the Empire Air Training Scheme was conducted on a considerable scale from the Baragwanath airfield. Further to the south-west at Lenz was the largest ammunition depot in South Africa.

Johannesburg (Newclare) Cemetery contains 110 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. 69 were buried in the Military Plot during the war. A further 41 are buried in graves scattered over an area of adjacent unmaintainable cemetery land, from which the headstones were concentrated here. An explanatory tablet has been erected in the centre of this row of headstones.